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The Swedish Armed Forces might need more Gripen E to support its existing operational capacity on account of possible lending of Gripen C/D to Brazil and Switzerland in the near future, says a report in Corren.se.

Earlier, the Swedish Government had planned to upgrade the existing Gripen C/D fighters to the enhanced E-model configuration for the Air Force. However, it has now decided that the acquisition process will include production of the new generation aircraft as well.

“Thanks to the increasing interest in Gripen, there is a demand for hiring more C / D aircraft. To ensure that the Swedish Armed Forces' operational capacity can be maintained during this time, we want to be able to build new components and as well as entire Gripen E,” says Sweden’s Defence Minister Karin Enstrom.

Read the full story: Regeringen vill ha nya Gripen-plan​

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Brazil’s Anapolis Air Base (BAAN) which recently celebrated 42 years of its inception, is waiting for the arrival of the Gripen fighters, reports the Brazil Portal​.

Last week, Saab officials visited BAAN to assess base infrastructure to identify adjustments for basing Gripen NG fighters here. 

They reviewed the squadron and maintenance supplies, the structure of the First Air Defense Group (1st AD), the alert hangar and the runways and taxiway.

Saab officials were happy with the facilities at the air base, especially with the available space. 

According to Colonel Rodrigo Santos Fernandes, Commander of Anapolis Air Base, preparations for the arrival of the Gripen fighters have already started.

Read the full story: À espera dos caças Gripen, base aérea comemora 42 anos

Representantes da SAAB fazem levantamento da estrutura da Base Aérea de Anápolis

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Gripen pilot Lieutenant Martina Špačka

Czech Republic Air Force Gripen pilot Lieutenant Martina Špačka has achieved certification for performing aerobatic air displays, reports Afbcaslav.cz.

After undergoing an arduous certification process that includes theoretical and practical training, Špačka is ready to thrill spectators at air shows. 

His theoretical training involved study of aviation regulations and the technical framework of the aircraft. It also included learning from veteran pilots who flew at air shows. 

After practicing on simulators, Špačka trained for flying at various altitudes and under various weather conditions. 

The newely certified display pilot will perform at air shows in Germany, Denmark, Belgium and Slovak, at the aviation pilgrimage in Pardubice, the Czech International Air Show in Hradec Králové, NATO Days and Days of Air Force Ostrava in future.

Read the full story: Display piloti 21. základny taktického letectva byli certifikováni!

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A group of 15 Brazilian Air Force officers flew to Sweden to visit the Air Force, Saab AB and Defence and Security Export Agency (FXM), reports forsvarsmakten.

The purpose of the visit was to see and learn how the Swedish Air Force works with Gripen.

The first stop of the site survey was at F7: the main center for the entire Gripen system which is also the training centre for pilots, including that of foreign operators. The conversation at F7 focused on the flight and technician training, aircraft maintenance and support.

This was followed by a visit at F17 where the team was briefed on successfully completed exercises, especially about Operation Unified Protector (OUP) which is better known as the Libya Initiative.

Swedish Air Force had organized a dinner at Air Force Museum for the visitors.

“We look forward to greater future cooperation between our countries and the respective air forces,” said Swedish Air Force chief Major General Micael Bydén in his speech at the dinner.

Read the full story: Besök från Brasilien

Image Courtesy: Kent Löving, F17

​Gripen E Chief test pilot Richard Ljungberg talks about the Gripen NG test aircraft and its testing process. 

"Gripen E will be a modern and a high performance aircraft and as a pilot in the Gripen E, I will be confident to meet any threat that shows up," he says.

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Saab has successfully performed the first flight with the new sensor IRST (Infra Red Search and Track) which will feature in Gripen E, according to schedule. The IRST does not emit a signal and can, without revealing the aircraft’s own position, silently detect, track and identify all types of targets.

The IRST for Gripen E is produced by Selex in Scotland and is called Skyward G. It is a passive sensor: it does not emit any energy but only listens for energy coming from other sources.

“The first flight in the Gripen E test aircraft with IRST has been performed with very good results. Multiple targets were detected, tracked and identified and the system works perfectly as expected. IRST is a new sensor on Gripen, which allows pilots to see great distances in several directions,” says Saab’s Wing Commander Flying Hans Einerth.

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy: Stefan Kalm​

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Gripen could well be the future of air combat, says Bill Sweetman in an Aviation Week report.

If “fifth-generation” means more than “the ultimate driving machine,” a sixth generation will emerge. Saab can argue that the JAS 39E Gripen, rather than some of the wildly expensive-looking artist's concepts we have seen, is the first such aircraft, says the report.

In aerospace, the lead in materials and manufacturing has gone to the commercial side. Fighter aircraft are expensive to design and build, regardless of the smartest engineering.

“Gripen NG has been designed with these issues in mind and hence it may earn the generation 6 tag. Software comes first: The new hardware runs Mission System 21 software, the latest roughly biennial release in the series that started with the JAS 39A/B,” says Bill Sweetman.

Also, Sweden's ability to develop its own state-of-the-art fighters has long depended on blending home-grown and imported technology. Many parts of the new generation Gripen have been brought from outside Sweden. The JAS 39E engine is from the U.S., the radar from Britain and the infra-red search and track system is from Italy. Much of the airframe may be built in Brazil.

Sweetman adds that what should qualify the Gripen NG for a “sixth generation” tag is what suits it most for a post-Cold War environment. The requirements were deliberately constrained because the JAS 39E is intended to cost less to develop, build and operate than the JAS 39C, despite doing almost everything better.

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Production of the new Gripen is done primarily in Linköping and work is already in full swing. Test flights, where critical subsystems and their interoperability are tested to minimise risk, are already well underway. First delivery is planned for 2018. As previously reported, development is proceeding according to plan and contracts have been signed with all major subcontractors.

One of our engineers tells her story.

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The new generation Gripen will be equipped with sensors that can detect low-radar-cross-section (RCS) targets, and will provide the pilots in a Gripen formation with a new level of situational awareness, says Bob Mason, Selex-ES marketing director for advanced sensors.

According to a report in the Aviation Week, Gripen E will have three Selex-ES sensors and a new identification friend-or-foe (IFF) system with three electronically steerable antenna arrays, which matches the radar's range and field of view.

Mason describes that the IRST is capable of detecting low-RCS targets at distances compatible with a beyond-visual-range missile launch.  Confirming that the Selex IRSTs have tracked low-RCS targets, he says, “We have seen them.” 

The report adds that Selex IRSTs have undergone a lot of changes, the most important one is the development of algorithms, based on operational experience and the analysis of real-world imagery, that look at IR signatures in detail, including variations of color and brightness within the target, in order to filter out false alarms caused by everything from birds to barbecue grills.

“The IRST can give the radar a very accurate azimuth and elevation to the target, which allows it to focus its energy and increase the probability of achieving detection and track on a low-RCS target,” Mason says.

Read the full story: Gripen Sensors Claim Counter-Stealth Performance

Read more about the AESA Radar here.

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Gripen seems to be the talk of the town lately. There is a surge in interest in the new fighter aircraft from media as well as from potential customers around the world. Have you got the whole picture of how Gripen E is different from its earlier variants? If not, this is a good opportunity to get to know Gripen E.

Aviation Week wrote about the enhanced capabilities of the new generation Gripen as compared to Gripen C/D. Read the full report here.

Find out more interesting details about the all new Gripen E- The Fighter.


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